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National Museum of Rural Life

Explore life in the countryside at our five-star museum, farmhouse and historic working farm.

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National Museum of Rural Life resources

Resources to use during your visit to the National Museum of Rural Life.

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Farmhouse guides, National Museum of Rural Life

We are currently looking for volunteer farmhouse guides at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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Clydesdale horse

Our beautiful Clydesdale horses are one of the star attractions at the National Museum of Rural Life

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The Reid family

The Wester Kittochside Farm at National Museum of Rural Life was owned and run by the Reid family for more than 400 years.

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Colour photo of a combine harvester being used in the field.
Harvesting machinery of the 20th century

At the National Museum of Rural Life we have a significant collection of 20th-century harvesting machines in our large machinery store.

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People's Postcode Lottery

Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we are able to create opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life to enjoy our museums and connect with inspiring collections.

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Autumn Explorers

Become an Autumn Explorer this October half term with family storytelling, outdoor trails and ranger walks. Learn about beavers, bats, bugs and some other animals that live in Scotland today, as well as animals that lived here in the past.

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Architecture trail of the National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is housed in magnificent buildings. Find out about its striking architectural details below, and explore them further on your next visit to our Museum.

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Visiting our museums

Discover the latest information about visiting our museums

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Venue hire at our other museums

The National Museum of Flight, National Museum of Rural Life and National War Museum present further opportunities for entertaining on every scale.

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Scottish Life Archive

The Scottish Life Archive is open to everyone. It aims to collect, record and preserve documentary and illustrative evidence of Scotland's material culture and social history.

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Tractors

From the early 20th century, the tractor helped to transformed farm life in Scotland. There are several examples on display in the collection at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.

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Tour the National Museum of Scotland on Google StreetView

The National Museum of Scotland has become the first museum or gallery in Scotland available for exploration online via Google Arts & Culture’s Museum View experience.

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National War Museum resources

Resources for your class trip to the National War Museum.

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National War Museum Library

The Library is based in the National War Museum within the walls of Edinburgh Castle.

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National Museum of Scotland

Your journey of discovery starts here.

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National Museum of Flight resources

Resources for your class visit to the National Museum of Flight.

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National War Museum

Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, the National War Museum tells the story of Scotland at war.

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National Museum of Flight

Wing your way to one of Scotland's top days out at East Fortune Airfield.

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Venue hire at the National Museum of Scotland

In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the National Museum of Scotland offers an impressive selection of venues for a wide range of events.

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Aircraft Guides, National Museum of Flight

We are currently looking for volunteer aircraft guides at the National Museum of Flight.

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Educational Group Visits to the National Museum of Scotland

Book a self-guided educational group visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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Museum building at the National Museum of Rural Life © Wattie Cheung
Booking tickets

The National Museum of Rural Life is open and tickets are available to book online.

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Visiting FAQs

Learn more about what’s changed to help you plan your visit to the National Museum of Rural Life.

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National Museum of Scotland resources

Resources for your class visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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Museum map

Plan the perfect trip to the National Museum of Rural Life

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The Reid Family Christmas and New Year

The Wester Kittochside Farm at National Museum of Rural Life was owned and run by the Reid family for more than 400 years. Find out how the tenth laird and his family celebrated Christmas and New Year on the farm.

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Life and Deathline of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary Stewart's life was nothing if not eventful. Get the facts about her tumultuous life and death here.

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Museum at home

Wherever you are, there are lots of ways to explore and learn about our amazing collections online.

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Colour photo of a man holding a small child whilst looking at a willow sculpture of a cat sitting on a wall.
Willow Sculpture Trail

Discover our new trail on a walk to the farm.

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Clyde's Museum Adventure

Explore the highlights of the museum and our working farm with this family trail.

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Making the Museum

More than 10 million objects make their home at the National Museum of Scotland. Discover the secrets of our treasures with this unique five-part series.

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Survival Skills

Take part in survival skills training for all the family at the National Museum of Flight this October half term. Learn how to set up a ‘leave no trace' camp in the Concorde Hangar and sign up for our family bushcraft workshop.

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Bringing the past to life

To understand how long lost objects were made in the past, the Glenmorangie Research Project has commissioned artists to recreate Early Medieval artefacts that rarely or barely survive.

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Wester Kittochside

The history of the Reid family and farming on the Wester Kittochside farm National Museum of Rural Life.

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History of the National Museum of Scotland

In 2016, we celebrated 150 years since the magnificent building that houses the National Museum of Scotland first opened to the public. Explore the Museum’s history here.

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Romans in Scotland: Trimontium Museum loan

Discover objects on loan to the new Trimontium Museum in the Scottish Borders

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Farm animals

Our working farm at the National Museum of Rural Life is home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses.

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Discover the Museum

Discover the Museum brings classes from schools who are not regular visitors, from areas of mid-high deprivation within Edinburgh, to the National Museum of Scotland for a free, self-led, supported visit.

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Tour of the Kingdom of the Scots Gallery

Join curator Lydia Prosser for a guided virtual tour of our Kingdom of the Scots gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Chinese Oracle Bones

Visitors discovered some of the treasures within the National Museum Scotland's significant collection of oracle bones, the second largest in the world outside of China.

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Museum libraries

Our library services support the research and learning needs of Museum staff, visitors, and the wider external research community.

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The Maiden

Long before the French Revolution, the Scots had invented and were using the beheading machine known as the Maiden. It was used to execute criminals and political opponents of the crown from 1564 to 1710.

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The story of the plough

After 4,000 years the plough is still with us and its development has been at a slow and steady pace but the basic technology has remained the same. Discover more about this essential tool through ploughs in our collection.

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Awesome Bricks at home

Recreate your favourite museum objects and places using the LEGO® you have at home!

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Flying into the Future Trail

Discover how engineers are working to make air travel less damaging to the environment with this museum trail.

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Museum Stories with Chief Chebe

Join Chief Chebe as he takes you on two African storytelling adventures at the National Museum of Scotland.

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